Marijuana: "Record High" Numbers of Californians Want Legalization
For the first time ever a majority of Californians says it's time to legalize marijuana.
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That, at least, is according to the Public Policy Institute of California. The organization's latest survey on "Californians & Their Government," released this week, found that 52 percent of you Golden State weed warriors are down for full-on recreational legitimacy.
The PPIC calls the slim majority of marijuana supporters (wait for it) ...
... "a record high ... "
We kid you not.
However: This alleged record high -- "the first time support has been above
50 percent," the poll says -- seems to apply to PPIC's own regular statewide sample-polling of "all adults."
We reported earlier this year that the California Field Poll found that 54 of Golden State voters supported legalization. The Field Poll stated at the time:
This is the highest level of support for marijuana legalization since the Field Poll began measuring California public opinion on this issue in 1969, when just 13% favored its legalization.
Is there an echo around here?
Anyway, the PPIC also found that its own look at likely voters turned up even more highs on the idea of pot legitimacy: They support it at a rate of 60 percent.
And: About 68 percent of likely voters don't want feds prosecuting pot crimes in states, like ours, that allow medical weed, according to the PPIC.
So, after the demise of Prop. 19, California's 2010 recreational-cannabis initiative, do you think we'll finally join the likes of Washington and Colorado in fully legalizing it?